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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:10 AM
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How long can E46 sit without driving it?

So I have my E46 stored for the winter (battery tender, bottle of Sta-Bil, etc) but I recently got to thinking about leaving the car completely undriven or turn on for several months, since it is typically not good to let a car sit for too long. So, will the engine, tranny seals, be ok? What's the longest amount of time the car should be left alone? Any other thoughts?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:27 AM
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Properly-prepped, vehicles can be safely stored for *years*....the military does it all the time. On a more casual (and practical) level, six months or so would be OK.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:26 AM
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:37 AM
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+1 My car has never had a problem sitting for an entire winter, but I also keep traps and poison in the garage, just in case.

Its better to let the car sit the entire winter than starting it up mid-winter unless you plan to get out and drive for a long time (until the oil is hot, not just the coolant). Just running the engine in the garage is the worst thing to do.
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Definitely....those little buggers like to chew the insulation off your wiring (!). Take a few old socks and put a bunch of mothballs in them, and place them under the hood and under the chassis in various spots.
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I welcome them. I have a cat, so I save a little on cat food. LOL.

Seriously though, a few years back I bought some Black & Decker Ultrasonic Pest Repellents (http://www.ecrater.com/p/9984181/bla...lent-w-o?gps=1). They actually work. I never have spiders, mice, etc. You can find them at Wal-Mart pretty cheap; I think I got a pack of six for $20.
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Seriously though, a few years back I bought some Black & Decker Ultrasonic Pest Repellents (http://www.ecrater.com/p/9984181/bla...lent-w-o?gps=1). They actually work.
Do they have a "Mother-In-Law" version of that repellant ?
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+1 My car has never had a problem sitting for an entire winter, but I also keep traps and poison in the garage, just in case.

Its better to let the car sit the entire winter than starting it up mid-winter unless you plan to get out and drive for a long time (until the oil is hot, not just the coolant). Just running the engine in the garage is the worst thing to do.
Good advice! I only run the car in the winter IF I can actually take it out and drive it for a while.
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I did it all the time, when we stored our E39 for the winter. Every week or every other week used to take it out and drive it for a good 25-30mins before parking back into the garage.
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